The 'unfair' reason the Queen has to give up her favourite drink

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

After nearly 70 very busy years on the throne, it's understandable that the Queen likes to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at the end of a long day. But, as it turns out, Her Majesty's doctors have advised her to give up drinking except for special occasions. That means, her evening martini is off the menu.

Although she's recently been spotted using a walking stick for the first time in two decades, the Queen is in relatively good health considering she's 95 years old – and to stay that way, she'll be holding off the alcohol. It's all to do with her upcoming engagements, and much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year. After all, Her Majesty needs to be in good spirits to keep up with her busy schedule.

The public don't generally see the Queen drinking, especially not down the pub with the locals. But, according to an insider source who spoke to Vanity Fair, she does enjoy a glass of wine with her dinner and a drink before bed. The Monarch's favourite drink is a dry martini, much like her son, Prince Charles, and of course, James Bond.

"The Queen has been told to give up her evening drink which is usually a martini," the source revealed to Vanity Fair, "It’s not really a big deal for her, she is not a big drinker but it seems a trifle unfair that at this stage in her life she’s having to give up one of very few pleasures."

A second insider added: "The alcohol has gone, her doctors want to make sure she is as fit and healthy as possible."

Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

Her doctor's orders come just a few months after Buckingham Palace released its own brand of gin. According to the offical Royal Shop, the "spirit has a unique royal origin, with many of its citrus and herbal notes sourced from botanicals gathered in the Buckingham Palace Gardens."

The description continued, "Lemon verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves are among the 12 botanicals hand-picked for the gin in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace, which span 16 hectares and provide a habitat for 30 species of bird and over 250 species of wild flower."

It's a shame then that the Queen will no longer be able to enjoy a splash of the Palace's gin in her evening martini. Here's hoping she can at least have a celebratory glass at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next June...

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